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PINE PLAINS — With the budget development process for next year underway, the Pine Plains Board of Education (BOE) set aside time at its last two meetings to discuss budget proposals for the 2019-20 school year.

At the meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 27, Assistant Superintendent for Business and Finance Michael Goldbeck and Pine Plains Transportation Supervisor Drew Weaver gave a short presentation on their proposed budget for the transportation section of the 2019-20 budget. As a result of the department’s salary raises and a greater number of special education bus runs out...

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Town of Washington: Town Board responds to request for group home

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MILLBROOK — On Nov. 26, 2018, attorneys from the Devereaux Foundation sent a letter to the town of Washington regarding the Foundation’s interest in a piece of property in Millbrook, to be opened as a group home. The Foundation has many such facilities around the country, including one in nearby Red Hook. The Millbrook property it’s interested in is located at 593 Verbank Road.
The Devereaux Foundation would like to open a group home for five adults, a supervised Individual Residential Alternative (IRA) for people with developmental disabilities. 

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A gift of one year: Inspiration to do good for others

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MILLBROOK — What could one do with the gift of a year? What could one become?  In the literature from Grace Episcopal Church in Millbrook, these are the questions put forth to the young people who have taken advantage of the Grace Year initiative at the church.
Grace Year is a fellowship program that invites young adults to live in “intentional community” in rural New York, to serve in positions with local agencies, studying spirituality, leadership and justice.

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Welcoming Kirsten Woodin to the Millbrook Library

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MILLBROOK — Salamanca, N.Y., in the county of Cattaraugus, is 350 miles from Millbrook, and that is where new Millbrook Library Director Kirsten Woodin has spent most of her life. With a population close to that of the town of Washington, Woodin should feel right at home here. Both locales are scenic, small and historic.
Woodin left her home to attend college at SUNY Geneseo and then graduate school at SUNY Albany. Upon obtaining her master’s degree she returned to Salamanca, as manager of the Salamanca Public Library in October of 2014.

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Keeping warm in the cold winter months

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MILLBROOK— Often after the holidays, when life is less rushed, people get a chance to relax and enjoy some quiet time But if it’s too cold, it’s no fun at all. Collin Adkins, of Cornell Cooperative Extension  Dutchess County (CCEDC), has some great tips to share to stay warm this season.
Preparation is key, reports Adkins, who is an energy and environment resource educator with CCEDC. His duties center on the Community Energy Engagement Program (CEEP).

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Pipers, poetry and haggis

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MILLBROOK — To the tune of a lone bagpiper, a tray bearing a dish of haggis was slowly paraded around the room by the Fountain’s chef Lukas Smith, wearing white, and moving slowly to offer each diner a glimpse of this famous Scottish dish.

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The Dutchess Turnpike Company of 1804

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MILLBROOK — One of the best things about the programs at the Millbrook Historical Society is that many people, places and things have not changed all that much during the past 200 years or more. 
This idea was again reinforced when Alison Meyer presented a January program on the Dutchess Turnpike Company, founded in 1804. Along with some wonderful stories, there were maps and tracings of original maps on display from the county, probably off county property for the very first time.

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Thorne Building remains on the agenda

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MILLBROOK — In its second meeting of the year on Tuesday, Jan. 22, the Village Board finished attending to organizational matters, which were addressed at a reorg meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 8, including looking at code, extracting policies for perusal and determining what can be taken out of code so that changes can be made through resolution rather than law. Many of the policies are outdated and need to be brought up to date.

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Possible group home proposed for town of Washington

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WASHINGTON — It seems that so many changes are taking place in the world, the country, the state — and in the towns and villages of Dutchess County. Not all of these changes are welcome; some of them are decidedly not wanted, seeming to be unnecessary or out of place.
A public hearing was held on Thursday, Jan. 24, at Washington Town Hall concerning the possible placement of a group home to be instituted in Millbrook by the Devereaux Foundation, at 593 Verbank Road.

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The Cary Institute keeps Millbrook in step with the future

MILLBROOK— Millbrook has some well-kept secrets, or partial secrets, of places, people and institutions that are important to the community but may not be commonly known.
Trevor Zoo, at the Millbrook School comes to mind. So does the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies. While many residents make occasional treks to the facility, aside from the fact that it is a research facility on Route 44, it remains something of a mystery.

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